Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design


Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design



Japanese Garden Notes is a personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane.

Japanese Garden Notes may be one of the most exquisitely photographed books on Japanese gardens ever published. Keane picks up on the fine details that real lovers of Japanese gardens savor. . . . Organized by theme, this book gives the reader a rich overview of Japanese garden art, while pleasing the eye with surprising, intimate, even intense, photographs.
—Alex Kerr, author of Lost Japan



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Publication Date: April 2017
296 pages, with 400 color photographs
6 5/8 x 10", casebound with dust jacket
US $59.95 / ISBN: 9781611720358  

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“A series of compelling verbal and visual reflections on the design principles and philosophical values of Japanese gardens. These concise insights . .  are relevant to anyone who cares about how places of beauty are created and why they are meaningful.  In the crowded field of books on Japanese gardens, Marc Keane has produced a classic.”—Kendall H. Brown, author of Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America

“Sheds light on the intricate and often overlooked details and important nuances of the Japanese garden with the insight of an experienced designer and practitioner and the eloquence of a scholar. . . . A must-have volume for anyone seriously interested in understanding the spirit and attention to subtle detail that make Japanese gardens places of tranquility and refuge wherever they exist in the world.”—Diane Durston (Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education) and Sadafumi Uchiyama (Garden Curator), Portland Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden Notes captures the beauty and intelligence of Japanese gardens better than any book I know of. It is a remarkable document.”—Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers


Marc Peter Keane  is a garden designer and author. He lived in Kyōto, Japan, for nearly twenty years designing and building gardens for Japanese clients: businesses, temples, and private individuals. His recent designs blend traditional Japanese culture with a contemporary understanding of nature. More about Keane’s work can be found on his website: mpkeane.com

"The undisputed American master of Japanese garden scholars.”—New York Times, Dominique Browning